Apple Peanut Butter Snack Bars
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded apple
¼ cup peanut butter
½ cup honey
2 eggs
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x9 pan.  Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and transfer to a greased pan.  Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.  Cool and cut into squares.

Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles
-Organic Greek vanilla yogurt
-Fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.
-Almond milk
Mix your fresh fruit choices together and blend together in a blender (it does not need to be completely smooth).  Combine yogurt, fruit mixture, splash of almond milk, and honey.  Pour into popsicle molds, freeze, and enjoy!
Apple Cookies
-Peanut/Almond Butter
-Granola, Coconut, Chocolate Chips, etc.
Slice apples into rounds.  Spread the nut butter over the apple and then sprinkle the topping of your choice.  Chill for 1 hour and then eat.
Caramel Apple Banana Bites
¼ cup caramel dip
1 apple, cut into 2 inch slices
1 banana, cut into 2 inch pieces
2 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips
    Microwave caramel until thin.  Place one apple and banana on a skewer/toothpick and drizzle caramel on them.  Sprinkle with chocolate chips and refrigerate for 10 minutes before serving.
Homemade Fruit Jello
2/3 cup orange juice
2/3 cup berries
1-2 tablespoons honey
5 tablespoons gelatin
    Pour juice and berries into a small saucepan.  Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until berries become tender and begin to soften.  Add honey and stir until completely incorporated.  You will want the fruit to dissolve quite a bit until you have a compote.  Turn the heat off and quickly whisk in gelatin one tablespoon at a time.  Puree mixture in a blender.  Pour into an 8x8 or 9x9 glass dish.  Refrigerate until set (30 minutes to an hour).  Cut into small squares.
Peanut Butter and Banana Puff Pockets
Puff Pastry
Peanut Butter
Melted Chocolate
Melted butter
Mash and blend 1 banana and 1-1/2cups peanut butter.  Use 3 layers of the puff pastry and cut into 3x3 squares. Brush melted butter over the squares, just enough to lightly coat them.  Fill the squares with the banana & peanut butter mixture. Fold/close the puff pastry to form a puff or pocket.
Brush the puff pastry tops with very little melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes.  Chill for 1 hour and then drizzle melted chocolate over the tops.
Pancake sandwiches
Pancake mix
Make half-dollar sized pancakes according to mix directions. Let cool.  Slice the strawberries and bananas.  Use a toothpick and place a pancake, strawberry, and a banana with nutella spread on it. Add another pancake to the other end

Instant Ice Cream
5-6 sliced and frozen bananas
1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
    In a blender, combine the frozen banana slices and the chocolate spread.  Blend until it is smooth and creamy.  Serve in bowls and enjoy.

Taco Bowls
8 flour tortillas
Taco meat
Taco fixings
    Microwave tortillas for 30 seconds, then shape them into a muffin pan like a tall bowl.  Fold back the edges so that you can add the taco filling later.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and fill with your favorite taco ingredients.  (See more recipes like this at     
Orange Pops
4 cups orange juice
¼ cup honey
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Dixie cups or popsicle molds
    Bring the orange juice and honey to a simmer in a saucepan, stirring occasionally.  Cook until it reduces to about 2 cups (about 25 minutes).  Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.  Combine the orange mixture with the yogurt, orange zest, and vanilla, in a blender.  Puree until smooth.  Pour into the Dixie cups or molds.  Freeze until set (at least 4 hours).  Run under warm water to unmold.  Enjoy.  
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Pizza Monkey Bread
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 cans refrigerated biscuit dough
20 slices of pepperoni, cut in half or ½ cup of browned sausage (optional)
2 cups mozzarella cheese
½ cup marinara sauce, plus more for dipping
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine oil and Italian seasoning in a medium sized bowl.  Cut each biscuit round into four pieces and drop into the oil mixture.  Add cheese and pizza topping of choice.  Toss to combine all the ingredients.  In a greased tube or bunt pan, add a layer of the pizza mixture then spread on ¼ cup of the marinara.  Repeat layers.  Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Loosen the edges and then invert onto a plate.  Serve with additional sauce.  Find more recipes like this at 
Chicken Noodle Casserole
4 cups cooked and cubed chicken
    (Short cuts can include breaking up a rotisserie chicken or buying pre-cooked chicken)
6 ounces egg noodles, cooked
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 cup of crushed buttery crackers
½ cup of butter, melted
    Mix soups, sour cream, and seasonings in a medium sized bowl.  Add chopped chicken and noodles.  Mix well.  Add the mixture to a greased casserole dish.  Mix crackers and melted butter together until mixture is crumbly.  Sprinkle on top of the casserole.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through and top is a golden brown.  More recipes like this can be found at 
Snowball Dippers
Melting chocolate
Large Marshmallows
Lollipop/Cake Pop sticks
          Insert a lollipop stick into a marshmallow.  (You can have fun with flavors, there are a lot to choose from.)  Put sprinkles into a shallow bowl.  Place the melting chocolate in a microwave safe bowl or follow stovetop directions for melting.  Stir until smooth.  Help your child dip the marshmallow into the chocolate and then dip it into the sprinkles.  Set the marshmallow on a cooling rack so that the chocolate can set.  Wrap as gifts for friends or enjoy with a cup of cocoa.
Tater Tot Casserole
2 pounds of hamburger
1 package of onion soup mix
1 can cream soup (mushroom/chicken)
1 bag of frozen tater tots
          Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix hamburger and soup mix.  Press into a 9x13 pan.  Spread cream soup over the top of the hamburger mixture.  Arrange tater tots over the top of the cream soup.  Bake in the oven for 1 hour.

Lunch Wraps
Tortilla shells
Favorite lunch meat (ham, turkey, etc.)
FaRainbow Pasta
Spaghetti noodles
Food Coloring
Ziplock Bags
    Cook the spaghetti noodles according to the package and strain.  Add 2 tablespoons of water into the ziplock bag(s) and add about 10-15 drops of food coloring.  Add the spaghetti into each bag and mix around for 30 seconds (have your child count to 30 while they mix it!). Strain and rinse each bag separately.  Mix all the spaghetti together and let your child add in their favorite sauce.vorite cheese 
    This is a great recipe to do with your child.  Lay out a tortilla.  Have your child layer on the sandwich fixings of his or her choice.  After the items have been placed on the tortilla, roll it up.  You can secure the wrap with a toothpick, until you are ready to eat it.  Fun adaptations of this are to microwave it for 20 seconds or to dip it in ranch dressing.  Enjoy!

Strawberry Oat Bars
1 ¾ sticks of butter
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups oats
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
10-12 oz jar of strawberry preserves (or favorite jam)
    Mix together all ingredients, except the preserves.  Place half of the mixture in a 9x13 pan.  Press it down, like a crust.  Spread the preserves over this layer.  Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the preserves and press down lightly.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes.  Let cool completely and then cut into squares.  Enjoy!

Apple Snackers
Sliced Apple
Peanut Butter
    It’s always fun to play with your food.  Here is an interactive snack that your can share with your child.  On a plate, place apple slices, a scoop of peanut butter, and a pile of granola.  Encourage your child to dip the apple slice into the peanut butter, then into the granola.  Take a bite and do it again.  For more ideas like this, visit

Chocolate Sweetheart Parfaits
½ teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons honey
1½ cups low-fat or fat free Greek yogurt
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
¼ cup shaved dark chocolate or chocolate chips
    Mix the cocoa powder and vanilla extract together.  Add the honey and yogurt (this will turn a soft brown color).  Layer the yogurt mixture with raspberries in a glass or bowl.  Top with chocolate.  Refrigerate before and after serving.  Look for more recipes like this at

Morning Wraps
1 banana, sliced
1 flour tortilla
Peanut butter or cream cheese
    Spread your child’s choice of cream cheese or peanut butter over a flour tortilla.  Lay on the slices of banana.  Roll up the tortilla and serve.  Get more recipes like this at
Creamy Frozen Fruit Cups
8 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
10 oz jar maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
11 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
½ cup chopped pecans
8 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
    Mix cream cheese and sugar until fluffy and well blended.  Stir in cherries, pineapple, and pecans.  Gently fold in oranges and whipped topping.  Scoop mixture in muffin pan, lined with cupcake wrappers.  Freeze fruit cups until solid.  Allow 10 minutes to thaw before serving.  Find more recipes like this at
Corn Dog Waffles
4 hot dogs (cut lengthwise, then cut in half)
1 ¼ cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup bisquick
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
¾ cup frozen corn, thawed
16 popsicle sticks, optional
    Pre-heat waffle iron.  Combine corneal, bisquick, sugar and salt in a bowl.  Add water, egg, and oil.  Stir until blended.  Fold in corn.  Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray.  Spoon ¼ of batter onto the grids of the waffle iron and lay on piece of hot dog in the middle.  Cover and bake about 5 minutes or until steaming stops.  Use a fork to loosen waffle off the grid.  Separate waffles into sections, insert popsicle stick, and serve with your favorite condiments.  Find more recipes like this at
Pepperoni Pizza Lasagna
1 egg, beaten
15 oz ricotta cheese
6 tablespoons parmesan cheese
1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3 oz package of pepperoni, divided
½ cup chopped green peppers
½ cup chopped onions
2 cups pasta sauce
½ cup water
8 lasagna noodles, uncooked
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix egg, ricotta, and parmesan until well blended.  Add in 1 cup of mozzarella. Save 9 pepperoni slices and a couple spoonfuls of onion/peppers for the top.  In a separate bowl, quarter the remaining pepperoni, then add the peppers, onion, sauce, and water.  Mix well.  Spread a ½ cup of sauce on the bottom of an 8 inch square baking dish.  Layer noodles, cheese mixture, and sauce mixture.  Top with reserved pepperoni, onions, and peppers.  Cover dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes.  Bake uncovered for another 10 minutes, or until heated through.  Allow to sit for another 10 minutes before serving.  Find more recipes like this at
Easter Kabobs
Wooden skewers
Assorted fruit (grapes, cubed melons, cubed pineapple, etc)
Marshmallow bunnies
    Pick a piece of fruit and pierce the wooden skewer through it.  Continue loading on fruit in varying orders.  Be sure to add one or two marshmallow bunnies somewhere in your fruit arrangement.
Ideas for leftover hard-boiled eggs:
Mix with an avocado and seasonings for a unique guacamole
Chop up and build a breakfast burrito
Mix in with hummus
Make a yummy egg-salad or tuna-salad sandwich
Carrot Shaped Pizza
1 tube of crescent rolls
1 jar of pizza sauce
8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
Favorite pizza toppings - sausage, pepperoni, etc.
    Lay out two triangles of the crescent rolls.  Roll with rolling pin to gain more surface area.  Spread sauce on one side of the crescent roll.  Add pizza toppings.  Cover with the other triangle and press sides down to seal.  Add a light coating of pizza sauce on the top to add color.  Repeat for additional slices.  Bake according to directions or until the dough is cooked through.  Serve with a green vegetable on the top to look like a carrot.

Carrot Pinwheels
2 flour tortillas
1 container vegetable medley cream cheese
1 carrot, thinly shredded
1 green onion, thinly cut
        Spread cream cheese over tortillas.  Sprinkle carrots and green onions.  Roll the tortilla and then cut into 1 inch segments.  Chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.

Berry Trifle
Angel food cake, cut into bite sized pieces
Assorted berries
Yogurt or Cool Whip
    Find a large bowl.  Layer ⅓ of the Angel Food Cake.  Add ⅓ of the yogurt or cool whip.  Add ⅓ of the berries.  Repeat layers until ingredients are all gone.  Scoop out and enjoy.
Chicken Noodle Casserole
4 skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (can substitute with a deboned rotisserie chicken)
Egg noodles
1 can cream of mushroom soup (can substitute with cream of celery)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 cup round butter crackers, crumbled
½ cup butter, melted
    Cook noodles according to package directions.  Spray a 9x13 pan and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a bowl, mix soups, sour cream, salt, and pepper.  Add chicken and noodles.  Pour mixture into the casserole pan.  Combine butter and crackers, then sprinkle over noodle mixture.  Bake for 30 minutes, until heated through and browned on top.

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Glazed Carrots
2 pounds baby carrots
2 tablespoons butter melted
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt

Spray inside of 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add carrots and melted butter; toss to coat. Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours or until tender.  Meanwhile, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and salt in small bowl until well blended. Toss cooked carrots with brown sugar mixture in slow cooker just before serving.  Find more recipes like this at

Pizza Grilled Cheese
Slices of Bread
Pizza Sauce
Favorite Pizza Toppings
Mozzarella by the slice
    Butter one side of each piece of bread.  Place the buttered side of one slice of bread on a cold skillet.  Spread pizza sauce on the other side.  Layer pizza toppings and cheese.  Try not to put on too much, or flipping will be difficult.  Place the other piece of bread on top, pizza sauce side down and buttered side up.  Turn the skillet on and allow to brown.  Flip the sandwich carefully, to brown on the other side.  If this is too much, feel free to construct several sandwiches on a cookie sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees, until brown on the top.